Monday, February 18, 2013

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit; she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.  Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.  She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy.  Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.  -

Taking Chances is the second Molly McAdams book I've read, and I definitely enjoyed this one best among the two.  One thing I loved about both books is that the story is simple, uncomplicated, and enjoyable.  There aren't too many twists and turns, there's nothing paranormal or dark... it's just real situations and real people, and relationships.  Sometimes those are the best books of all.

The characters in this book were great.  This is a classic love triangle, and it was really difficult to choose which one you wanted her with because I really did love both of the guys, Chase and Brandon.  I must admit I liked the heat and sexual tension between her and Chase, but Brandon was the best guy for her.  He was actually my favorite part of the book.

I also have to admit that I was a little surprised at why all these guys fell instantly in love with her.  There are like three guys in this book who are all in love with Harper, and that's sweet and everything, but was it believeable? I'm not sure.  While I really did like Harper, I just didn't see what was so special about her as to inspire so many guys to fall head over heals for her.  There were times that she really got on my nerves because she made such stupid decisions.

One scene really, really broke my heart... you'll know it whenyou read it.  This left some really great conflict and watching the characters work through it was both heartbreaking and uplifting too.  In the end, though, things were tied up just a little too neatly for me.  Everyone had someone. Everyone forgave everyone, etc... That part was a little unrealistic to me, but otherwise it was a satisfying read.


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